The bridge that opens way to life


A Stream of Faith
By Charles Westbrook

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” — Psalm 23:4

I visited a local church once, and it had an interested picture on the wall. It showed a deep valley with a cross stretching across making a bridge to go across the valley.

I thought about how we use bridges to get across rivers, streams and swamps. These bridges are built strong and sturdy to withstand anything that goes across them. As we travel these bridges, we think nothing of them. We expect they will hold us up, and we can safely get to the other side.

As we look into the scripture, it talks about the “valley of the shadow of death,” and how we are in the midst of it each day. God has sent his son, Jesus Christ, to form a bridge for us to get across the valley. Through Jesus we can avoid going through the valley of the shadow of death because, as the verse continues, I should fear no evil. We have nothing to fear because as he has built the bridge, he will be there to help us to get across. We have a lot of swamps to cross during our lives. Often they are dark, and we can’t find our way through them. His rod and staff comfort me, and I know that he will get me through the darkness safely and across the bridge of life.

Have you reached the end of the road and found no place to go? It could be a dark valley with no way to see if you stand there alone. Jesus Christ gives you a way to get across by having faith and trusting in him. With him as our guide, we can go through the shadow of the valley of death with no problem. I urge you to ask him to guide you across the life bridge, and I know he will.

Westbrook is a member of and serves on staff at Pearl United Methodist Church.